Barkcamp State Park encompasses a total area of 1,005-acres of land and the 117 acres of water that is the Belmont Lake. The park is located near the village of Belmont and the city of St. Clairsville in Belmont County, Ohio. To get to the park, just travel 13-miles from St. Clairsville, which is in the southeast corner of the state. The land where the park sits started being acquired by the state in 1955 and a dam was later built in 1963 resulting in a much larger Belmont Lake. The park got its name from a former logging camp in the area called Barkcamp Creek, which was used to strip bark before delivery to the mill.
The topography at the park is mainly comprised of sandstone hills, which have layers of coal underneath the sandstone bedrock that are a part of the Appalachian Plateau. The southeastern area of Ohio State where the park is found is today part of what is left of a much larger forested area that once existed in Ohio. Today, Barkcamp Lake State Park is home to plenty of plant and animal species including several varieties of woodland wildflowers. Wildlife at the park include squirrels, raccoon, skunk, opossum, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and songbirds.
Besides the rich biota at the park, there is also a historical attraction to the Barkcamp Lake State Park which includes several pioneer-era structures like a historic barn that was built in the 1800s and a reconstructed log cabin. Other attractions and activities that make the park popular include; camping, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, fishing and hunting, boating (electric motors only), snowmobiling, ice boating, ice fishing, ice skating, cross-country skiing.
The amenities at the Barkcamp Lake State Park that facilitate these activities include over 100 campsites with electricity, two camper cabins, three rent-a-camp units, picnic shelters, showers, hiking trails (four miles), swimming beach, boat ramp, and over 20 miles of bridle trails.
This is a pet-friendly park, which means that you can bring your dog to the park at no extra cost. That said, you will need to follow standard Ohio State park rules that include the following. First, your dog must always be leashed (leash not more than six feet long). Secondly, you must keep your pooch away from park buildings and park areas unless they are designated as pet-friendly buildings or areas. If you choose to camp, you must make sure that you do not have more than two pets in each campsite.